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Gadolinium is a metal element, which is used in MRIs and MRAs for the purposes of easier observation of lesions with abnormal vascularity in the brain, spine, and other tissue. Gadolinium is used in these prodedures because it improves visibility of iron, chromium, and related alloys. The dye is injected into the body so that veins and arteries can become more visible to imaging technologies. The use of this dye, as a contrast agent, in MRA scans has never been officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Currently Gadolinium dye is used in MRI scans, and it has been used since 1988; however, there are many reasons why this might not be such a good idea. Namely, there are many Gadolinium side effects. He most serious adverse effect of Gadolinium is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), which is an ailment that causes tissue fibrosis.
Patients with various kidney ailments are the most at risk because MRA scans use more Gadolinium than do other type types of scans. Hence, these patients are most at risk of developing either Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) or Nephronic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NFD).
It make take up to 18 months, but perhaps as little as two days, for the symptoms of either NSF or NFD to manifest themselves. It is also unclear what is the exact relationship between the size of the dose of Gadolinium and the probability of developing one of these ailments. The FDA and medical professional suggest immediate dialysis for anyone who believes that they have developed the symptoms of either disease.
Furthermore, many people might not be aware that they have been administered Gadolimium, because it is not administered in the same way as prescription drugs. A patient doesn’t go to a pharmacist and ask for Gadolimium, instead it is given in a hospital. If you have undergone a MRI or a MRA, it is advisable to ask your doctor whether you have been given Gadolinium.
Gadolinium goes by a number of different brand names:
- Ominiscan (GE Healthcare)
- OptiMARK (Mallinckrodt and Tyco Healthcare)
- Magnevist (Berlex, Bayer, and Schering AG)
- Multihance (Bracco Diagnostics)
- ProHance (Bracco Diagnostics)
If you or a loved one has been injured by Gadolinium, contact a defective medical product lawyer today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.